”Yngwie Malmsteen was phenomenal. He came out of obscurity from Stockholm after he sent a tape to Mike Varney of Shrapnel Records who was releasing all these incredible shred guitarists. Guys such as Tony MacAlpine, Vinnie Moore, Paul Gilbert, Jason Bekker and Mary Friedman. Malmsteen, however, was different and was totally original compared to these other guys. He had his classical roots in stuff like Paganini and his rock roots in Richie Blackmore”.